Steak ‘n Shake restaurants are located in West Virginia and in other regions in the country and around the world. The fast food chain is known for its burgers, fries and numerous varieties of milkshakes. Many families patronize the locations while traveling or eating out near home. Unfortunately, the chain finds itself in some trouble as it faces a class action lawsuit over the misclassification of certain jobs.
The lawsuit was initially filed in 2017 in another state. A ruling was made in May 2019 that required Steak ‘n Shake to pay around 300 managers and their attorneys $7.7 million. This companion lawsuit involves roughly 1,200 employees who claim that their jobs have been misclassified by the restaurant chain.
The primary plaintiff, a salaried restaurant manager, stated that she and others regularly worked overtime with no compensation. She alleged that the work that was being performed was the same as those hourly employees doing it and receiving overtime pay. The manager claimed that she routinely worked the drive-through, cooked on the grill and did whatever was needed to keep the location running properly. Industry experts anticipate another multi-million dollar judgment against the chain.
When companies fail to classify employees correctly, it can result in a significant monetary loss to the workers. If someone suspects that misclassification has occurred, it would be wise to seek the guidance of a West Virginia attorney who is familiar with employment law. A knowledgeable lawyer can help evaluate the situation and recommend how best to proceed to recover any lost wages.